Jos Dijsselhof

CEO, SIX, Zurich, Switzerland
He judges which technologies will be the next big thing in financial systems


With a management career spanning Europe and Asia Pacific, Dijsselhof has many stories to tell about cross-cultural organizational change and digital transformation.

Now, as CEO of SIX, he is looking ahead – what cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology mean for its trading activities. His approach is to enquire about the next technologies and what we can do with them, how to apply them to our business, and why we are not using them yet.

Hear him speak at WORLDWEBFORUM 2019 as part of the “Crypto Assets: Master & Servant” panel.

About SIX

SIX stands for the joint and successful commitment of Swiss banks to a strong Swiss financial center. Since its foundation ten years ago, the environment forSIX has changed fundamentally (technology, new competitors, regulation, pressure on margins).

As part of a strategic and organisational review, the Board of Directors has been intensively dealing with the changing needs of banks and the market vis-à-visSIX since the beginning of the year. The Board of Directors is clearly in favour of a strong, common financial market infrastructure in Switzerland and has decided on a number of strategic and organisational measures to optimally position SIX for the future.

With this realignment, SIX is consistently focusing on infrastructure services for its shareholders and the financial center in the areas of securities business, payment transactions and financial information. They form the core business of the company, which in future will only operate on the market under the “SIX” brand. The sharpened strategy and organizational adjustments will create synergy and efficiency effects that will have a positive effect on attractive offers for SIX clients and shareholders.

In addition, the realignment of the company creates the optimal environment for the targeted development of innovative services and their rapid market launch.

The New SIX Will Try Out More

Switzerland’s stock exchange group is going to spend part of a million-franc windfall looking into what cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology mean for its trading activities, CEO Jos Dijsselhof says in a interview.

SIX Group plans to pour at least some of the 338 million Swiss franc ($342 million) proceeds from selling a majority stake in its payments arm to France’s Worldline into experimenting with new technology like cryptocurrencies and blockchain, CEO Jos Dijsselhof said in an interview with «We’ll do ten to 20 initiatives. Some might be successful, some might not. That’s the new SIX: we’ll try out a bit more,» Dijsselhof said:

Dijsselhof, who most recently was operating chief at pan-european exchange Euronext, began as CEO of SIX five months ago. Roughly 1,300 jobs will move to Worldline after the disposal. The Zurich-exchange operator will maintain a 27 percent share in the unit after the deal concludes, probably in the fourth quarter of 2018.

SIX also operates a financial data arm which is considerably smaller than industry rivals like Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters as well as trading, clearing, and settlement services.



A Dutch citizen, Jos Dijsselhof, 52, holds degrees in computer science and Business Administration, and has a long track record in international management in the financial sector. He has previously held positions at ABN Amro Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland and ANZ Australia & New Zealand Banking Group in various countries, including Hong Kong and Singapore.

His most recent role was Chief Operating Officer (2014–June 2017) and CEO ad interim (2015) for Euronext in Amsterdam. During his career, Jos Dijsselhof has successfully headed several change projects and gained a wealth of experience in securities and financial data, as well as the payments business, so he is fully familiar with the business models of SIX.